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  • Composer: Maurice Duruflé
  • Audio CD (28 Jun. 2004)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Cpo
  • ASIN: B000269QU2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,409 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Prelude
  2. Sicilienne
  3. Toccata
  4. Chant Donne - Hommage a Jean Gallon - Maurice Durufle
  5. Méditation - Maurice Durufle
  6. Prelude sur l'Introit de l'Epiphanie - Maurice Durufle
  7. Scherzo. Allegro Molto - Trio - Maurice Durufle
  8. Fugue sur le theme du Carillon des Heures de la Cathedrale de Soissons - Maurice Durufle
  9. Prelude
  10. Lento, quasi recitativo - Adagio
  11. Chorale Varie
  12. Prelude
  13. Fugue

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At first, I was a little hesitant in buying a recording of the complete works of the greatest French romantic organ composer (which Duruflé surely is!?) not being played on a French instrument nor indeed by a French organist, but this recording has proved a musical marvel! The organ in question at first does not seem to have the right specification for such a programme, but the sound produced is more than just appropriate, it is stunning. The instrument does not possess any truly glorious Cavailles-Colls-style reeds as such, but the ones it does have seem to do the job perfectly well (although the pedal reeds are a little weak in places for this repertoire, e.g. Fuge et la Théme du Carillon des heures de la cathédrale de Soisson, op.12) and the mixtures are particularly good. It is interesting to note that the 2005/2006 Penguin Guide identified this disc as one of its 100 most outstanding recordings.

The player's technique simply cannot be questioned - he clearly understands his subject, which a lot of foreign organists do not seem to grasp when playing French music. As regards interpretation, I see no problems here (although in the wonderful Introit for Epiphany, the rubato is perhaps a little too obvious and over-emphasised in places for my liking). There are also some slight 'German' touches to this performance, but this simply offers a fascinating insight into another excellant organists' take on the work.

Perhaps the finest performance on this disc is the Scherzo op 2, which is played particularly well.
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I did not consider that the way in which this piece of music was played in the recording was not as good as when I heard it played in a Cathedral setting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Works, Exquisite Playing on a Beautiful New Organ 24 Jun. 2004
By J Scott Morrison - Published on
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I am an almost complete neophyte when it comes to the organ music of Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986). I've heard only one of these pieces in recital as far as I can recall; that was 'Prélude et fugue sur le nom d'Alain, Op. 7,' played by Duruflé's widow, Marie-Madeleine Duruflé-Chevalier, toward the end of her life. I later heard it played by the very fine organist at my church. But the other works here are terra incognita for me, although, having sung the 'Requiem' recently, the musical language was in general quite familiar to me. That said, I must try to contain my enthusiasm for having made the discovery of this music. And since I've not heard other recordings or performances, I have nothing to compare them with.
Duruflé wrote slowly and carefully and did not leave very much music. This disc contains ALL of his organ music. One wishes he had written (or preserved) more. The two big pieces here are the early Suite, Op. 5, and the 'Prélude, Adagio et Choral varié sur la thème du "Veni Creator", ' Op. 4. The Toccata in the former, reminding one of Gigout's famous Toccata, and the Choral varié in the latter are particularly memorable, and expertly played by organist Friedhelm Flamme. There are a number of much smaller pieces, most memorable of which are the 'Chant donnée - Hommage à Jean Gallon,' exquisite for its short 1 1/2 minutes, and the previously mentioned Prelude and Fugue on the name of [Jehan] Alain. Characteristic of Duruflé writing is the extremely subtle mix of colors; he was very careful to prescribe registrations and there are certainly some organs that cannot supply the color required. The organ here, a new Mühleisen (of Strasbourg) Organ installed in 2000 at the Stiftkirche in Bad Gandersheim, Lower Saxony, is perfectly suited, it sounds to me, for the delicacy of Duruflé's music.
I wish I could describe the effect Duruflé's style has on me; it is both exquisitely wrought and delicate, and at the same time highly emotional (in that oh-so-French way); it has much the same effect on me that the Ravel of, say, 'L'Enfant et les sortileges' or the Satie of 'Socrate' does. I've been playing this disc in my car and at home for a couple days and can't seem to get enough of it. I have been playing the audio CD layer of this hybrid SACD disc and the sound is exemplary; I can only imagine how it would be in SACD sound.
Strongly recommended.
Scott Morrison
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4.0 out of 5 stars Maurice Duruflé. Complete organ works 29 Dec. 2006
By Jacques Messier - Published on
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Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986) who is well known for his Requiem, has a very attractive repertoire for organ. Beside that his works are quite briefs, musical expression is always pleasant to hear.

Two highlights on this CD : the Suite opus 5 (track 1-3) especially in the Toccata, and the Prelude and Fugue on Alain opus 7 (track 12-13). Both better known as concert pieces, for their brightness in style and execution. A very interesting piece, Chant donné - Hommage à Jean Gallon (track 4) is an interesting short and not so well known piece that worth the listening.

Soft registration and expressive play by Friedhelm Flamme make theis CD a sort of tribute to the excellence of composition by Duruflé.

Very accurate recording, choice of repertoire and meticulous execution make togother a summit in recorded organ music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete organ works- and more! 7 Jun. 2009
By Malverns - Published on
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I have two other "complete" versions Todd (Delos) and Scott (Hyperion) and they do not contain Chant donné discovered 2002. I agree with other reviewers this Flamme/CPO version is excellent, but like to add Chant donné (1'25) is really piece to have, intimate, dense and rich piece challencing Bach's best chorales. I usually test new Duruflé cds by Prelude and Fuga on the name Alain. Flamme is now the second best performance on my list, I prefer extraordinary Marie-Madeleine Duruflé-Chevalier on Erato as unsurpassable - she has some shortnesses but enourmous energy, mystiscm and profound understanding of the work. But Flamme is very good indeed. The CPO recording is very good in CD sound and excellent in SACD sound.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Try something else. 21 July 2015
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Too hi-brow for me.
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